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BW103

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BW102 : Team Eevee and the Pokémon Rescue Squad!
Best Wishes series
BW104 : Mission: Defeat Your Rival!
Curtain Up, Unova League!
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BW103   EP760
開幕イッシュリーグ・ヒガキ大会!サトシ対シューティー!!
The Isshu League Higaki Conference Gets Underway! Satoshi VS Shooty!!
First broadcast
Japan November 22, 2012
United States March 9, 2013
English themes
Opening It's Always You and Me
Ending {{{en_ed}}}
Japanese themes
Opening やじるしになって!
Ending みてみて☆こっちっち
Credits
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
Assistant director 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

Curtain Up, Unova League! (Japanese: 開幕イッシュリーグ・ヒガキ大会!サトシ対シューティー!! The Isshu League Higaki Conference Gets Underway! Satoshi VS Shooty!!) is the 103rd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 760th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 22, 2012 and in the United States on March 9, 2013.

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Blurb

Our heroes have finally arrived in Vertress City, home of the Unova League, and Ash’s excitement is at a fever pitch! While they’re in the midst of marveling at the massive Unova League stadium, the familiar faces of several Trainers begin rolling into town with their own plans to compete—and to Ash’s dismay, Bianca’s entrance is as dramatic as ever.

Ash, Trip, Stephan, Bianca, and new friend Virgil (from the Pokémon Rescue Squad) are all raring to go—as is Cameron, who’s been camping out for three days in a tent with his Riolu to make sure he wouldn’t be late! However, no one told him he needed to register for the tournament, so Ash rushes his absent-minded friend over to Nurse Joy—mere moments after registration has closed. Fortunately for Cameron, Nurse Joy takes pity on him and lets him register anyway.

The next morning, it’s time to get started! Freddy the Scoop drops in by parachute to call the action, and starts out by announcing the rules: before the main event begins, Trainers have to get through the qualifying rounds, where they can only use one Pokémon each. Stephan wins his first match easily. Virgil and Bianca are struggling against their opponents—and Ash is paired up against his very first Unova rival: Trip!

Trip calls out his super-speedy Serperior, who handed Ash his defeat in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup finals. This time, rather than relying on Pignite’s type advantage, Ash has chosen Pikachu to kick off his Unova League experience! But even Pikachu’s Quick Attack isn’t fast enough to hit Serperior, who dodges every move with serpentine skill. Finally, Trip has Serperior strike back with Dragon Tail—and it’s a direct hit! Will Ash and Pikachu be knocked out of the Unova League before they even get to the main event?

Plot

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Major events

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Debuts

Pokémon debuts

Characters

Dare da?

Humans

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Ferrothorn (US and international) Audino (Japan)

Pokémon seen in flashbacks

Trivia

Errors

Dub edits

In other languages



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